Excess adiposity and low physical fitness hamper Supine-to-Stand test performance among sedentary adolescents

Maiara Tadiotto, Michael Duncan, Jorge Mota, Frederico Moraes-Junior , Patricia Corazza, Matheus Czoczuk, Francisco de Menezes-Junior, Manuel Coelho-e-Silva, Andre Rodacki, Neiva Leite

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    Objective: The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between body adiposity and physical fitness with performance in the Supine-to-Stand test (STS-test) in sedentary adolescents. Methods: Sixty-two adolescents, of both sexes, between 10 and 16 years-old, participated in the study. Body mass (BM), height, waist circumference (WC), fat mass (FM), fat-free mass (FFM), right and left handgrip strength (HGS-right, HGS-left), abdominal resistance (ABDO), flexibility (FLEX) and cardiorespiratory fitness (VO2peak) were measured. Body mass index (BMI), z-score BMI (BMI-z), tri-ponderal mass index (TMI) and waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) were calculated. The STS-test was applied to evaluate the STS-MC by the movement patterns in the execution of the test. The STS-time in seconds (s) was categorized into terciles: fast (FG=<2.0s), intermediate (IG=2.0 to 2.6s) and slow (SG=>2.6s). One-way ANOVA, Chi-square, Spearman's correlation coefficient as well as non-parametric tests were used, with significance p≤0.05. Results: The SG presented higher BMI, BMI-z, TMI, WHtR, FM, %FM, as well as lower averages for %FFM, HGS-right, HGS-left, FLEX, ABDO, VO2peak, VO2peak relative to BM (VO2peakBM) in relation to GF. The BMI, BMI-z, TMI, WC, WHtR and FM showed moderate and direct correlations with STS-time and inverse with STS-MC (p<0.01). HGS-right, HGS-left, ABDO and VO2peakBM showed moderate and inverse correlation with STS-time (p<0.05). The VO2peakBM was moderate and direct correlations with STS-MC (p<0.01). Conclusion: It is concluded that excess of fat and low physical fitness hamper STS-test performance. Therefore, the STS-test can be used for screening in students to assess MC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)658-664
    Number of pages7
    JournalJornal de Pediatria
    Issue number6
    Early online date11 Mar 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


    This study was financed in part by the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Brasil (CAPES) - Finance Code 001. This work and authors were supported by Brazilian funding agencies: CAPES , CNPq and Araucaria Foundation - PR/SESA-PR/CNPq/MS-Decit (PPSUS edital CP 01/2016). JM was supported by grants: FCT : SFRH/BSAB/142983/2018 and UID/DTP/00617/2019 as well as Santander University Program (2018).


    • Adolescents
    • Body adiposity
    • Motor competence
    • Physical fitness
    • Supine-to-stand
    • Tri-ponderal mass index

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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